Setting a deck beam directly on footings
Lots of good information on this site. I have been sweating all the details on attaching a deck ledger to a lower portion of the house when a light bulb came on. Don't connect it at all. Free standing makes a lot of sense, you don't compromise the house at all.
The deck is low enough (2-4' from deck surface to grade) where I can raise the 12" round footings right up to the beam (4x8). When placing the anchors in the concrete, it doesn't seem like you have a lot of wiggle room. A post you can cut to exact height and if the beam is slightly bowed a post can be adjusted laterally. However I thought there might be a problem with short posts splitting.
I would probably line up all the metal anchors along a taught line but the beam more than likely wouldn't drop in. I could connect the anchors to the beam first and set them in concrete in one finished assembly. That would require a lot of guys handling the concrete real fast.
How would you approach this? Deck dimensions are 8x16'